The GO! St. Louis Marathon has been recognized as a great race for experienced or first-time competitors, who are looking for an event that provides an abundance of participant services and amenities. Additionally, crowd support along the course and helpful volunteers, make this event one of the highest quality marathon races in the Midwest. Each year thousands of people participate, not only from the St. Louis region, but from numerous other states and countries.
The marathon course starts and finishes in historic Downtown St. Louis. As you begin the race, participants head west with the impressive Gateway Arch as a backdrop. Runners will loop around Downtown, traverse the Mississippi River over two iconic bridges, the Eads and Martin Luther King Bridge. Runners will then run along the St. Louis Riverfront, beneath the Arch Grounds. The marathon course includes views of Downtown St. Louis, Union Station, Forest Park (larger than New York’s Central Park), Anheuser-Busch and the historic Soulard Neighborhood.
For additional details on the marathon, including a course map visit our Event Details page.
Age Minimum Requirement
The minimum age for the Marathon is 18 years old, and is strictly enforced.
Time Limit Rules
The marathon course route re-opens to traffic at a rolling schedule according to a 6.5-hour marathon pace or (14:52 minutes per mile). The time limit rules will be strictly enforced. There will be a pace leader leading a 6 hour 30 minute marathon pace or 3 hour 15 minute half marathon pace (14:52 minutes per mile). The time limit will begin when the 6:30 marathon pace group crosses the start line after the start of the race.
Any Marathon or Marathon Relay participant who falls behind the pace (behind the 6:30 pace group) prior to the Half Marathon turn to the finish at Market and 18th St, will be required to finish with the Half Marathon. Any marathoner, who turns at the half marathon split and completes the half marathon, will receive finish line amenities (food, water, medical assistance if needed). After the half marathon turn to the finish, course support (police, course monitors, and water stations) will not be available to marathoners or marathon relay teams who fall behind the 14:52 minute per mile pace. Anyone who falls behind the pace must get in the sag wagon and will be transported to the finish line, or move to the sidewalk and obey all traffic signals. Those finishing behind the 6.5 hour pace are not guaranteed a finish time and may not be listed in the results. Marathoners who only complete the Half Marathon will not be eligible for overall or age group awards. For a more detailed list of rules and regulations, please call 314-727-0800.
2016 Marathon Prize Money
- 1st Place – $1500 (Male and Female)
- 2nd Place – $1,000 (Male and Female)
- 3rd Place – $300 (Male and Female)
Official clock will determine overall winners and masters winners. Age group awards will be determined by Chronotrack b-tag results. Age group awards are five deep, male and female, in these age categories: 19 & under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+.
Bridge Challenge 3.5 – Presented by Stupp Bridge Company
The Bridge Challenge 3.5 is a race within a race that starts near the entrance to the Eads Bridge and concludes after crossing the MLK Bridge. Participants will be timed separately on this portion of the course, with the top three in every age category receiving an additional award medal and a commemorative chocolate bar from Crown Candy Kitchen. Participants should check the results tent after the race to see if they placed in the top three. Medals will be available at the awards tent for pickup after the race.
Elite Athlete Status
We offer elite competitors the opportunity to receive a preferred start corral, access to the elite athlete tent, along with other amenities. If you would like to apply for Elite Athlete Status contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are looking for a fun and rewarding experience, consider joining the more than 2,500 volunteers who help make GO! events and programs a success. The GO! St. Louis Marathon & Family Fitness Weekend requires the majority of our volunteer needs, but as a not-for-profit organization, we have additional opportunities for anyone looking to donate their time. Click here to learn more about becoming a volunteer.
Drury Hotels is the Official Hotel Partner of GO! St. Louis and offer preferred participant discount rates. To reserve a room or get additional hotel info click here.